FYI June 2009

June 01, 2009

Oakwood Repeats as Honda All-Star Champions

A group of Seventh-day Adventist students from Oakwood University are celebrating their second consecutive championship in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. The academic quiz tournament was held in March, and included students from 65 historically black colleges and universities. Students were tested on their knowledge of world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, popular culture and African-American history and culture.

PUC President Resigns

On April 9, 2009, Richard Osborn, Pacific Union College president, announced his resignation, effective June 30. The decision follows a commissioned study on what could be done to strengthen specific programs and departments, better preparing PUC for continued success. Both the Board of Trustees and Osborn agree new leadership would best serve the college as it looks to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the study.

The Blogging Church

The Blogging Church offers leaders a field manual for using the social phenomenon of blogs to connect people and build communities in a whole new way. Inside you will find the why, what, and how of blogging in the local church. Find this at

NW Spotlight on Mission Becomes Subscription-Based

The latest Northwest Spotlight on Mission DVD has been traditionally mailed to churches throughout the North Pacific Union. If your church would like to continue receiving these DVDs (free of charge), please fill out and return the postcard included with the last DVD. Subscriptions are being offered only to churches at this time.

2010 Olympic Scarf Ministry

Adventists throughout North America are knitting scarves as part of a service project for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The handmade scarves, along with a message from the Adventist Church, will be distributed at warming centers throughout the city. For more information on the project, visit

The Advent Movement

Mark Witas is the new senior pastor of the North Cascade (Burlington, Wash.) Church. Witas comes from the Wenatchee (Wash.) area where he has been serving as principal of Cascade Christian Academy.

John Kurlinski accepted the pastoral position for the Bremerton (Wash.) Church, beginning in June. Kurlinski was formerly employed at Union College, and has served previously in the Idaho Conference.

Marc Lien will become the new pastor for the Monroe (Wash.) Church in June. Lien comes from the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference where he served as pastor of the Springtown and Siloam Springs (Ark.) churches.

Tom Decker is leaving the Auburn (Wash.) City Church in June for a position in Egypt. Decker will be an academy principal and Gladys, his wife, will teach ESL.